The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 25, Number 2
Aug 2001

Editor's Page

Photograph of Ellen

Financial Problems and Solutions, 2000-2001

  1. Newsletter production fell 6 months behind schedule because of editorial time spent fighting mold in house and mold-induced fatigue and memory problems. Remedies included installation of whole-house air purifier, rug removal, & structural repairs. Late publication was also caused by high turnover among employees.
  2. Income declined when our second newsletter, the Alkaline Paper Advocate, was discontinued; also because of chronic high staff turnover and my inability to recognize it as a result of local wage inflation; and because of my innate reluctance to raise prices. Jolie, our office manager, worked with me to promote the newsletters (a successful move), solicit ads (unsuccessful because they cost so much to print), and apply for a periodicals permit.
  3. Subscription agencies were taking 12% of each subscription we sold through them, until I learned that some publishers do not give a discount, and in fact, some do not use agencies at all. At first I decided not to use them at all, but softened and simply lowered the discount to 3%. This has been a good move.
  4. Our prices had not changed significantly for ten years, so we worked out a price increase for both newsletters. Beginning with the next volume, Abbey Newsletter subscriptions will be $45 for individuals and $85 for institutions.

(To be continued.)

A Thank-You to Supporters

Sponsors ($500+)

Gary Frost
Don Dunham, Library Binding Institute
Library Binding Service
Terry O. Norris
Preservation Technologies, L.P.

Patrons ($100-$499)

Bark Frameworks, Inc.
Joan T. Batchelor
John Boral
Sally Buchanan
William Fuller
David Diggs La Touche
Peter Mustardo
Ralph & Christa Ocker
Ocker & Trapp Bindery
Roberta Pilette
Richard Schlefler
Nancy Carlson Schrock
Deborah Wender

Contributors ($25-$99)

Heinke Pensky Adam
R. Tom Baldwin
Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Robert Feller
David B. Gracy, II
Carolyn Jane Gammon
Olivia Primanis
Carol Pratt
Mary Schlosser
Carol Turpenin

Abbey Online

Year Vol. Nos.
1975-78 1 #1-4, 7, 15
1981-99 5-23 Complete
2000 24 #1-3

These are the back issues of the Abbey Newsletter on our Web page in CoOL ( A volume is judged to be "complete" in CoOL when the longer features of each issue are posted. Events are not posted.

So far during the year 2001, we have received $9,475.78 in donations, including those contributions made by Abbey Publications Trustees.

Authors Please Take Note

Authors of articles and other contributions accepted for publication in the Abbey Newsletter will be assumed (unless they notify the editor otherwise) to be granting permission to publish their work in both print and electronic format, and to archive it and make it retrievable electronically. Authors retain copyright, however, and may republish their work in any way they wish.

Similarly with previous publishers of material who have given permission for their copyrighted material to be reprinted in the Abbey Newsletter. The permission will be assumed to cover the electronic as well as the printed form.

This policy has been adopted for two reasons: 1) It helps the cause of library and archive preservation, and 2) existing copyright law considers electronic reprints to be merely extra copies of the original publication, in another format.

The ABBEY NEWSLETTER: PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY & ARCHIVAL MATERIALS (ISSN: 0276-8291) is published six times a year with a separate index by Abbey Publications, Inc., 7105 Geneva Dr., Austin, TX 78723, and has about 1000 subscribers. Application to Mail at Periodicals Postage Rates is pending at Austin, TX 78752. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Abbey Newsletter, 7105 Geneva Drive, Austin, TX 78723.

Personal subscriptions are $35; institutional subscriptions are $65, and subscriptions for students are $20. Overseas air mail is $12/year. Checks and money orders should be made out in U.S. dollars, payable to Abbey Publications. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted.

Job advertisements are billed at the rate of $50 for the heading and the first ten lines, plus $2 per line thereafter. Any notice that is appropriate and newsworthy will be printed if there is room for it.

It is the policy of Abbey Publications to use permanent paper for all publications. Claims for issues never received will be honored within a year of publication.

The Editor's permission must be obtained before making more than 20 copies at a time of lengthy or signed articles. This lets us make any necessary corrections or updates, or contact other copyright holders for permission to reprint. Back issues from 1981 onward are on our Web page at

Abbey Publications is a nonprofit corporation set up to encourage preservation of written or recorded information, including the use of lasting materials in the creation of records. The corporation has five trustees (E. McCrady, G. Frost, R. Pilette, J. Wellvang, and T. Clareson) and five officers (E. McCrady, Pres.; G. Frost, 1st V.P.; J. Wellvang, 2nd V.P.; and C. Jensen, Treas.).

Editor: Ellen McCrady
Office Mgr: Jocelyn Ann Vinograd Phone: 512/929-3992
Editorial Asst: Jennifer Evans Fax: 512/929-3995
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